So VCU went into Richmond riding a 13 game winning streak. Richmond was down 7 with less than a minute to go in the game and ended up forcing OT. For a game that was neck and neck, save for a few mini runs, it ended up in a slight blow out.
VCU, despite being ranked #19 and favored, ended up getting outscored in OT 17-5.
So there we have it. Richmond takes this game from VCU.
Could this be the beginning of an intrastate rivalry? I hope so and think it would be good for the conference.
This is the second time in a week’s time that this vaunted HAVOC defense of VCU has given up 86 points (did so a week earlier against St. Joe’s). Because those 2 games were OT games, I will normalize the data to be more comparable. Before these games, VCU’s defense was giving up 1.499 points per minute but in those games they gave up 1.911 points per minute. Once is an anomaly, but I think twice in 1 week is very telling.